Thursday, October 5, 2017

Frightful Fridays! Monster Mayhem! Polar Cat

Hello again! It's day 5 of the fifth-anniversary celebration, and I'm bringing you the last mashup most likely (for this month, that is). This monster takes the best and worst of cats and polar bears and makes a giant, freezing mess. Just don't bring any canids with you when you when you encounter polar cats.

Thanks for reading!

So darn lazy!

Despite the incongruity of the size of the cat’s head compared to its polar bear body, the white fur coloration is seamless in this weird combination.
Polar Cat      CR 4
XP 1,200
CN Large magical beast
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent, snow vision; Perception +9
AC 18, touch 12, flat-footed 15 (+2 Dex, +1 dodge, +6 natural, –1 size)
hp 42 (5d10+15)
Fort +7, Ref +6, Will +4
Immune cold
Speed 40 ft., swim 30 ft.; ice walk
Melee bite +8 (1d6+4 plus 1d6 cold grab), 2 claws +8 (1d4+4)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks breath weapon (30-ft.-radius cloud, 5d6 cold damage, Reflex DC 15 for half, usable every 1d4 rounds), pounce, rake (2 claws +8, 1d4+4)
Str 18, Dex 15, Con 16, Int 7, Wis 13, Cha 12
Base Atk +5; CMB +10 (+14 grapple); CMD 23 (27 vs. trip)
Feats Dodge, Iron Will, Mobility
Skills Acrobatics +7 (+11 to jump), Perception +9, Stealth +3 (+11 in snow), Swim +12; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth in snow
Environment cold coastlines and plains
Organization solitary, pair, or clowder (3–8)
Treasure none
Breath Weapon (Su) For 1d4 rounds after a polar cat uses its breath weapon, the area is treated as difficult terrain and creatures inside the area take a –4 penalty on Perception checks.
Ice Walk (Ex) A polar cat moves across icy surfaces without penalty and does not need to make Acrobatics checks to run or charge on ice. On snow and ice, it is sure-footed and gains a +4 bonus to CMD.
Snow Vision (Ex) A polar cat can see perfectly well in snowy conditions and doesn’t take any penalties on Perception checks while in snow.

While most crossbreeds are the result of wizards tinkering with nature for their own experimental ends, polar cats are a druidic invention, combining the ferocity of the polar bear with the keen hunting abilities of the cat. The arctic druids who created polar cats hoped to have a creature capable of hunting wintry predators, such as winter wolves and white dragons. Encouraged by their initial successes, they allowed the creatures to breed freely and spread across the tundra.

Unfortunately, when left to their own devices, polar cats are lazy and only hunt trespassers which blunder into their territory. Their polar bear origins make them powerful swimmers, but they reluctantly enter the water. They are also mercurial creatures, sometimes giving up on combat after receiving a single wound only to relentlessly follow the one who inflicted the wound and ambush it. Polar cats have an intense hatred for winter wolves, however, and fight to the death when they encounter the wolves. Rumors tell of the polar cats’ love for salmon, and one could supposedly gain the temporary friendship of a polar cat by feeding it at least five pounds of salmon. No one has been able to verify these claims.

Polar cats stand roughly five feet tall at the shoulder and weigh an average of 700 pounds.

Polar cats can be summoned with summon nature’s ally V.

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